Our View

Feb 152005
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

The most basic foundation of academia is the exchange of ideas and opinions about those ideas.

Inevitably the personal opinions of professors and students will differ at some point, but no one side is "right," nor should one side get extra protection.

A bill is being considered in the state legislature that would protect students' academic freedom at the state's universities, and it may also include a provision that would allow for tenure revocation.

The purpose of tenure is to encourage professors to share their ideas and challenge their students to really think about the world. Sometimes, however, even tenured professors can overstep their bounds.

Tenure should not be permanent. Universities should reserve the right to revoke tenure in some circumstances. A law requiring the review of professors would encourage people in the academic world to remain respectful while speaking their minds.

CSU and the University of Colorado already have policies requiring faculty panels to review a professor's work every five years after he or she is granted tenure.

The state should mandate that all public universities periodically review their tenured professors. If a professor does something wrong, this would allow the university to do something about it.

It is the state's responsibility to protect the freedoms of its citizens and ensure that the practice of one person's freedoms does not infringe on those of others. If a bill like this passed, it would make higher education more effective by making professors accountable for their actions.

University faculty should be encouraged to challenge the young minds that they help mold, but if they should know that if they slip up, that they could lose this privilege.

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